Wales Rural Network News Round-up 2019 Issue 6; June 2019

Issue 6; June 2019


What's Happening in Wales?

Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 - Scheme Windows


Food Business Investment Scheme

Expression of Interest Window now open until 2 July

The scheme is open to applications from a wide range of businesses involved in primary and/or secondary processing of agricultural products.


Sustainable Management Scheme (SMS)

Expression of Interest Window now open until 8 August

The Sustainable Management Scheme provides financial support for a range of activities to manage our natural resources and in doing so contribute to the well-being of our rural communities.

Support Service
The Sustainable Management Scheme support service provides eligible groups with a facilitator, who can provide support for groups to develop their ideas and to submit their Expression of Interest.


Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF)

The Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF) is an investment fund for projects in the tourism sector in Wales. It can be used either to upgrade existing or create new high quality product.



LEADER Cooperation Projects Wales, UK and Transnational

Want to share knowledge, experience and ideas? Interested in working together? Cooperation is more than just networking; it helps to improve the potential for local areas.
Approximately 30 LEADER cooperation projects are currently featured on the ENRD database and seek partners to cooperate with.
Visit ENRD & CLLD Partner Search tool for ideas.

Regional Investment


Establishment of Specialist Sub Groups and Invitation for Self Nominations

The Welsh Government is working with partners in Wales to produce new regional investment approaches to replace the EU Structural and Investment Funds after Brexit.



Preparing Wales to leave the EU

This website sets out advice for citizens, organisations and sectors across Wales about the steps that need to be taken to prepare to leave the EU and will be updated regularly.


Consultations currently open

Agricultural tenancy reform - closes on 2 July 2019.

Marine and fisheries policies for Wales after Brexit - closes on 21 August 2019.


Manage My Land

Farm businesses are reminded that Manage My Land changes must be submitted within 30 days of the change taking place in order to avoid penalties.

Social Media


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News stories from Wales


Black Mountain Ambassadors

Motivated ambassadors are helping drive forward a £1m project in the Black Mountains to protect, improve and enhance the countryside for people from all walks of life to enjoy.


Tyfu Cymru launch online assessment tool to help growers define their objectives

As part of the delivery of the Tyfu Cymru programme we are pleased to launch an Online Business Review.


Stars of the “She shears” film will deliver shearing classes in Wales to inspire young aspiring shearers

In the gruelling world of competitive sheep shearing there is no women’s section. Women and men compete together.


Herd Health Support Launched for Welsh Pig Keepers

Menter Moch Cymru has today launched a new scheme which aims to help Welsh pig farmers lift herd profitability and performance by improving herd health.


Farmers flock to Farming Connect’s sheep parasite control workshops as the weather warms up

As many sheep farmers know to their cost, the economic and welfare implications of failing to control and treat internal and external parasites affecting their flocks can be catastrophic.


Caswell leading the way for accessible tourism

One of Swansea’s most popular beaches is to become even more welcoming to visitors with severely limited mobility.


A step in the right direction for a stronger Ceredigion

Do you have a community-led idea that could make a real difference to the lives of people living and working in Ceredigion?


Micro and Small Business Fund stimulus for tourism

From luxurious camping to a 5 star restaurant with rooms and an historic inn - new and refreshed hospitality businesses have opened their doors ahead of the new tourism season with support from the EU-funded Micro and Small Business Fund (MSBF).


Unique Streets - Caernarfon

There’s a unique and exciting project in Caernarfon that’s just been launched! The work behind the scenes has been ongoing for months and now you can see the colourful umbrellas above Stryd y Plas in Caernarfon.

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What's Happening in the UK?


Grants Online
Rural Development Grants across the UK.


The National Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery Funding can help you to make a difference in your community. National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

cla summit

CLA Summit 2019

Cavendish Conference Centre, London - 2 July 2019
Join us for the CLA’s Climate Change Summit on 2 July in London to hear from academic and industry experts who will explore the risks and opportunities climate change offers landowners.

What's Happening In Europe?


Combatting Rural Depopulation: Creating new opportunities for vibrant rural areas

The ENRD Contact Point organised a workshop on the topic of Rural Depopulation to discuss the key drivers of population decline in rural areas across the EU and their effects.

Access to finance for young farmers

A new Initiative facilitating access to funding for young farmers was recently launched by Commissioner Hogan and Andrew McDowell, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) aiming to support the generational renewal of EU farming.


New orientations on supporting Smart Villages

Discover the latest ENRD Briefings that provide orientations for an enabling policy framework to support Smart Villages, exploring opportunities under the current programming period and looking forward to the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).


Better policies for better lives

The recently published OECD Principles on Urban and Rural Policy underline the critical role of place-based policies in helping national governments deliver high quality of life and well-being to people across the three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental).

Three key challenges facing agriculture and how to start solving them

Every day, the food we eat connects us to a vast global web of farmers, traders, food manufacturers, retailers and many other people involved in getting food from farm to fork. Most of us probably don’t pause to think about it while biting into a piece of fruit or a slice of bread, but this global food system is central to some of the biggest challenges facing humanity.


Agrinnovation magazine - Issue n° 6 - June 2019

This sixth edition of Agrinnovation magazine lets you discover stories and news from across the EIP-AGRI network.

European Events


ENRD Seminar 'Bioeconomy: Seizing the opportunity for rural Europe'

Date: 03/07/2019 - 09:00
Location: Brussels, Belgium

European Bioeconomy Scene 2019

Date: 08/07/2019 - 10/07/2019
Location: Helsinki, Finland

12th Annual International Symposium on Agricultural Research

Date: 15/07/2019 - 18/07/2019
Location: Athens, Greece

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